I know this is going to be extremely vague but I'm looking for an old book series.
I can't remember a whole pile about it other than there were a band of adventurers on some form of quest involving casting an amazingly powerful spell. I vaguely remember the mage/wizards name starting with "D" and him being very opposed to having to cast the spell since I think it sacrificed him in the process?
I remember the mage's academies being really integral to society and each college having a tower with a source of all their power or something like that.
The books themselves had from what I remember mostly black covers and each book had different coloured paper edges such as red and blue.